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Class Information
Number: 473/54
Name: Games using tangible projectile > Bowling
Description: Subject matter relating to a contest of skill in which a contestant (i.e., a bowler) directs a generally spherical ball (i.e., a bowling ball) along a planar surface (i.e., a bowling alley) either (a) at one or more upstanding elongate targets (e.g., ten pins, duck pins, etc.) set upon a playing field (i.e., a bed) with the goal of toppling as many targets as possible or (b) at one or more other target means which are intended to represent, simulate, or otherwise mimic such topplable, elongate targets.










Sub-classes under this class:

Class Number Class Name Patents
473/115 Alley or board structure 43
473/106 Ball handling or diverting means 14
473/125 Ball 40
473/64 Handling of pin or pin representation 11
473/118 Pin 23
473/55 Practice or assist device 38


Patents under this class:
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8641545 Distributed scoring system Feb. 4, 2014
8636602 Bowling lane with mural image Jan. 28, 2014
8435128 Bowling lane with mural image May. 7, 2013
8192292 Automated bowling system, controller and method of use Jun. 5, 2012
8088017 System and method for analyzing bowling ball motion Jan. 3, 2012
8087987 Method and system for playing a bowling game in combination with a secondary card game Jan. 3, 2012
8070575 Bowl N Hold-em Dec. 6, 2011
7708647 LED light and sound system for bowling pin deck May. 4, 2010
7704152 No-slide pin spot Apr. 27, 2010
7582022 Bowling game apparatus with pin toppling device and ball detector Sep. 1, 2009
7549929 Determining a bowling game score Jun. 23, 2009
7435184 Bowling system using network Oct. 14, 2008
7264552 Moveable gutter for bowling lanes having illumination sources Sep. 4, 2007
7156746 Apparatus and method for conveying a bowling pin in a pinsetter pin sock in a bowing alley Jan. 2, 2007
7063622 Bowling lane system Jun. 20, 2006
7025687 Bowling center control system Apr. 11, 2006
6912432 System and method for remote bowling Jun. 28, 2005
6840868 Glow-in-the-dark film for bowling lanes Jan. 11, 2005
6691759 Apparatus for decorating bowling balls Feb. 17, 2004
6580954 Bowling center system Jun. 17, 2003
6572484 Table for a bowling center Jun. 3, 2003
6537157 Pit board for bowling alleys and method for making the same Mar. 25, 2003
6482155 Caloric value calculation device Nov. 19, 2002
6441724 Bowling scoring console Aug. 27, 2002
6340335 Bowling lane ball return capping Jan. 22, 2002
6325725 Bowling alley management system Dec. 4, 2001
6319143 Bowling/count down game Nov. 20, 2001
6319142 Bowling game apparatus and method Nov. 20, 2001
6304789 Bowling center system Oct. 16, 2001
6283872 Toy bowling game Sep. 4, 2001
6280343 Method of adapting a relatively small number of bowling balls for testing use by a relatively large number of bowlers Aug. 28, 2001
6270421 Display unit for bowling alley Aug. 7, 2001
6227981 Ball ramp assembly May. 8, 2001
6142880 Method of playing a bowling game Nov. 7, 2000
6129636 Advanced pinspotter controls and method therefor Oct. 10, 2000
6106404 Bowling lane ball return capping Aug. 22, 2000
6088004 Image display system for bowling lanes Jul. 11, 2000
6077167 Bowling game apparatus and method Jun. 20, 2000
6033314 Bowler's accessory having a chalk element disposed within a holder Mar. 7, 2000
6031343 Bowling center lighting system Feb. 29, 2000
6017278 Bowling game using sets of predetermined pin fall objectives Jan. 25, 2000
5993321 Bowling lane division capping Nov. 30, 1999
5899815 Enhancement of a bowling game May. 4, 1999
5888142 Ultraviolet light illuminated bowling game Mar. 30, 1999
5888143 Bowling establishment vertically stabilized masking apparatus Mar. 30, 1999
5863254 Visual aid for describing sporting events Jan. 26, 1999
5846138 Method and apparatus for bowling in minimal ambient light Dec. 8, 1998
5830073 Bowling lane surfaces Nov. 3, 1998
5800274 Bowling alley bumper system for producing visual effects Sep. 1, 1998
5779554 Three-dimensional bowling alley masking unit Jul. 14, 1998

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